Whose Driving Your Life?

You already know that I’m a recovering control freak. And really, I have improved quite a bit in my ability to accept ideas from other people and refrain from offering directions to those driving.

But sometimes I still struggle with letting Jesus sit in the driver’s seat of my life. I want my life to go in the direction I’ve planned out. It’s hard for me to accept God’s route without offering a few route suggestions of my own. Yet I have found that when I have moved to the passenger seat, my loving Lord has taken me to a far better place than I would have chosen for myself.

Jesus said,

“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead.

You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am…

Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.

What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself?”

Matthew 16:24 (The Message)

This passage and my own experience have shown me three advantages to being in the passenger seat of life:

  • When I let God drive, I can relax.
  • God knows the best route to real fulfillment.
  • Letting go of control is the way to finding my true self.

Let’s move over and let Jesus get in the driver’s seat!


  1. Thanks Sharla for this timely reminder! I’ll think about it every time I drive a car…